PLASTIC is a growing problem in our ecosystem and St Mary’s Primary School has decided to do something about it.
Boomerang Bags is a movement putting an end to plastic pollution by stitching together recyclable materials and creating bags.
The Plastic Bag Free Echuca-Moama group had been researching the movement throughout the past year and decided to initiate the program at St Mary’s earlier this term.
Terrina Phelan, former sustainability teacher at St Mary’s and Plastic Bag Free Echuca-Moama group member, was excited about the school’s involvement in the project.
‘‘The kids at St Mary’s are so passionate about reducing their footprint in the environment,’’ she said.
St Mary’s had pledged to make a total of 605 bags — a bag from each of the 550 students and one from each of the 55 staff members — but they have already surpassed this goal.
‘‘I think we are up to about 800 now because now people from the wider community are getting involved,” Terrina said.
‘‘It’s now become a complete school and community project.
‘‘There are some people who have been sewing and sewing for months.’’
Terrina Phelan said the St Mary’s community hoped to lead the way in taking a step towards helping the environment.
‘‘We hope to get other schools on board and perhaps we might just spark one person’s imagination and desire to do something,’’ she said.
For information on the Boomerang Bags movement, visit www.boomerangbags.org.au